Youth

We’re on the side of Youth

 

WJS Canada’s youth programs focus on youth justice, youth and children with disabilities, home living support and community access.

 

Our programs for custody and alternatives to custody balance academic, social, citizenship and other life skills with recreation in a culturally sensitive setting. Our priorities are the safety and well-being of the individual. We engage family and community support networks in creating positive change.

 

WJS home living programs include support and accommodations for First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) youth in Western and Northern Canada. Our services to at risk young females in care include  emergency receiving and shared living in a hosted family setting.

 

Our community based programs address therapeutic youth work, support during the transition to adulthood, structured day supervision, in-home support, supervised access and transportation and community school programs. We provide opportunities for growth and development in safe, educational and nurturing environments that support and encourage youth in making favorable choices towards a sustainable, healthy and rewarding lifestyle.

 

Life skills and community based programs focus on empowering youth with disabilities to be independent, self reliant and confident.

Customized Services

 

We offer a wide range of personalized services that gives individuals, their families and their caregivers, a choice in creating a customized approach, based in best practices and employing innovative programs that are proven to produce life-changing results. Whenever possible, we deliver our programs within the home community.

Cultural Respect

 

We have a passionate regard for the role of the individual’s background in recovery. Life-long teachings and beliefs provide a strong basis for overcoming physical, emotional and other challenges. WJS staff engage with the cultures we serve through a wide variety of cultural activities intended to apply the past in building the future.

Understanding Trauma

 

Acknowledging a challenging past is part of creating a promising future. Our trauma-informed approach empowers youth by recalling and respecting their previous experience. We help youth deal with the loss and grief of a disrupted family life through counselling and therapeutic supports that grow self-esteem and confidence. 

Accreditation

 

WJS Canada is proud to offer accredited programs. British Columbia and Alberta are accredited by CARF. In Ontario our facilities are subject to annual licensing reviews by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Accreditation confirms that WJS meets provincial and international standards and incorporates best practices into management and programming. It recognizes WJS employees as professionals in their respective fields and, most importantly offers the people we serve and their families assurance that the services they receive from WJS are of the highest caliber.

Referrals 

 

Referrals and requests for new programs can be made directly to us or through the referral process offered by the government agency that funds the services. Some of our services accept referrals directly from this website. If we cannot provide the services in demand, we may supply information about other agencies that could help you or. We sometimes initiate a new service to accommodate an individual and requests or ideas for new programs are always welcome. Click here for more information.